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Verb invent has 2 senses
  1. invent, contrive, devise, excogitate, formulate, forge - come up with (an idea, plan, explanation, theory, or priciple) after a mental effort; "excogitate a way to measure the speed of light"
    --1 is one way to create by mental act, create mentally
    Derived forms: noun invention1, noun invention3, noun inventor1
    Sample sentence:
    Did he invent his major works over a short period of time?
  2. fabricate, manufacture, cook up, make up, invent - make up something artificial or untrue
    --2 is one way to think up, think of, dream up, hatch, concoct
    Derived form: noun invention3
    Sample sentence:
    Somebody ----s something
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